Fatal collision claims life of Portola woman

A group of deer on Highway 70 near Camp Layman outside of Graeagle, set off a chain of events that led to the death of a Portola woman on Tuesday.

According to the California Highway Patrol, Guadalupe Ventura Perez, 43, of Portola, was driving a 2019 Nissan Armada westbound on Highway 70 east of Camp Layman Road, at approximately 55 mph at 1:56 p.m. on Nov. 29. Charles Dunn, 67, was driving a 2005 Nissan Sentra westbound on 70 directly behind the Armada, also at approximately 55 mph, with his wife in the passenger seat.

A group of deer were in the roadway ahead of the vehicles, and Perez slowed the Armada and eventually came to a stop to avoid hitting the deer. Dunn did not see the Armada come to a stop ahead of him in the westbound lane and could not slow or stop in time.

As a result, the front of Dunn’s Sentra collided with the rear of Perez’s Armada, within the westbound lane of the highway. After the crash, both vehicles were driven to the north shoulder of SR-70 where they came to a stop. Perez and Dunn did not claim any injuries at the scene, however, Dunn’s right front passenger, Debra Lee Dunn, 63, of Portola, sustained fatal injuries as a result of the crash and was pronounced deceased at the scene.

This crash remains under investigation by the Quincy Area California Highway Patrol.